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Yearbook 2016

Tonga. In January, the Supreme Court sentenced the Minister of Tourism, Etuate Lavulavu, for bribery. According to countryaah, during a 2014 election campaign, Lavulavu had personally ensured that roads were repaired and also distributed money during the election day itself. The Court therefore annulled his election victory. Re-election was held in July and resulted in victory for Lavulavu's wife, Akosita Lavulavu. She thus became the only female member of Tonga's parliament.

2016 Tonga

In February, Tonga became the 187th member state of the International Labor Organization (ILO). In May, two of Tonga's islands, Malinoa and Motutapu, were declared rat-free. The work of eradicating the rats is part of a project aimed at protecting the plant's plant and animal life from invasive, that is, alien, species that affect the ecosystem.

In September, Interior Minister Fe'ao Vakata was fired by Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The reason was that during an outbreak of anger, Vakata threw a glass of wine at a high ranking civil servant.

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